## Long Distance Service - Price per Minute

Written by Wilson Dennis

When are fundamental laws of mathematics no longer applicable? When is 4 greater than 5? When your talking about long distance service, that's when. Most long distance service providers tout their cost per minute. However, when comparing costs, you need to read fine print and do a few calculations. Many long distance service providers, including discount long distance providers, have other charges with effectively raise cost per minute of their service.

Many long distance companies charge a monthly fee in order for you to get a particular rate for long distance. Other long distance service providers, have monthly minimums you must meet or you are assessed an additional charge.

The key to getting a good deal on your long distance service is to know your usage. The key things to know, how many minutes do I use in a month, does it vary a lot from month to month, and are there particular states I place most of my calls to.

Armed with this information, you can take ?additional? charges you are likely to pay, divide it by your usage, and add that to rate per minute your long distance service provider is charging you. That will give you a true cost per minute which can be compared between providers.

Some examples will probably help. Lets help Mary, Joe, and Mike figure which of three plans to select. The plans are as follows:

Plan A

\$.04/minute, plus monthly fee of \$5.95

Plan B

\$50.00 for 1200 minutes, plus \$.07/minute over 1200 mins.

Plan C

\$.10/minute, no other fees.

Each of them gets out their phone bills for last year, and checks their long distance usage.

Mary

Mary used 14,400 minutes of long distance service in last 12 months, an average of 1200 minutes each month. She would use 600 minutes one month, than 1800 minutes next, pattern repeating throughout year. For Mary costs of plans would be:

Plan A

600 min. months: (\$.04 x 600) + \$5.95 = \$29.95

1,800 min. months: (\$.04 x 1800) + \$5.95 = \$77.95

Her total bill for year: (6 x \$29.95) + (6 x \$77.95) = \$647.40

Total cost per minute: \$647.40 / 14,400 = \$.045/minute

Plan B

600 min. months: \$50.00

## Not Sure Whether to Get Sirius Radio?

Written by Christine Breen

Sirius satellite radio is a service offering 100 streams of Sirius radio featuring digital-quality, music, news, sports and entertainment programming. They use three satellites orbiting directly over United States to broadcast 100 streams of Sirius radio to listeners throughout continental US. Their monthly subscription fee is \$12.95. Sirius satellite radio delivers 60 streams of 100% commercial-free music in every genre plus 40 streams of sports, news and entertainment.

Starting in September, Sirius satellite radio subscribers will get full lineup of NFL games each week. That's right, they're broadcasting every game including select pre-season and play-off games. You'll get every game during regular season, with coverage from home team announcers. And it's all included with your regular Sirius radio subscription: no extra charges, fees or packages. Just best sports available. As an added bonus, they'll be introducing NFL Radio Network, loaded with best football commentary and action. It will provide year-round coverage of NFL including exclusive coverage for Sirius radio subscribers, as well as programs from NFL Network.

Sirius Radio is better than regular radio programming because they are completely commercial free, offers original Sirius satellite radio programming not just top 40 repeated ad naseum, and they feature news and sports channels from content providers like CNBC, FOX News, C-SPAN, NPR, PRI, and ESPN.

Sirius Radio uses statistical multiplexing technology which provides more bandwidth across full spectrum of Sirius satellite radio streams. This means better overall sound quality and superior sound resolution. It's near cd-quality.

The name Sirius radio comes from brightest star in constellation Canis Major and Northern Hemisphere. It was named after ancient Egyptian god Osirus, who was represented pictographically as a dog, giving Sirius its more familiar name: Dog Star.

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